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Holidays can be chaotic, but there’s plenty of ways to make sure the little ones are occupied (and having fun, too) while the adults relax:

Let their imaginations run wild 
Say goodbye to the days when the kids’ table was a drag – it can be just as fun (if not more fun) than the adults’ table. Try rolling out butchers’ paper or a long roll of white paper instead of the tablecloth. Leave crayons and markers for the kids to doodle with, and other crafts to stay busy.

Serve up kid-friendly food
Sure, you might have spent hours cooking up a really intricate dish but keep the kids’ menu simple and kid-friendly. Also, to make sure the kids don’t get cranky, leave out snacks on the kids’ table for them to munch on.

Make deserts more fun
Let the kids get messy decorating their own deserts at the kids table. Try caramel apples or pre-frosted cupcakes with plenty of sprinkles, candy, pretzels, fruits, and other decorations. Sure, they might get sticky hands but they’ll have a blast.

Family game night

It isn’t easy to get everyone in the same place. So, celebrate as a family by having a giant family game night after dinner. Kick up the competition by breaking off into teams, or making it adults versus kids.

Make it a movie night
After turkey, let the kids simmer down with a movie night. Set the kids up with a flick, some cute individualized popcorn bags, drinks and snacks in a separate room. That way, the adults can enjoy that post-dinner wine and turkey coma in peace.

 

 

 

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